On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Like Glazed and ... More >>
You may have heard about the demise of Crumbs Bake Shop, the Manhattan-based bakery that had 48 stores in 10 states and one of the primary leaders of America's Great Cupcake Craze. Despite its renown, Crumbs shut off the mixers and closed its doors on Monday after years of declining sales and local ... More >>
Highlands Ranch is home to the eighth Modmarket in Colorado. The new location will open at 8 a.m. today across the street from the Highlands Ranch Towne Center. During today's grand opening festivities, the store will give $25 gift certificates to the first fifty customers in line -- and there will ... More >>
Chains are saddled with a bad reputation, and but why let a few class clowns taint the whole group? There are several spots in Glendale's CitySet project -- the bustling, year-old development off of South Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek South Drive -- that, while technically links in chain resta ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a do-your-body-good vegetarian plate from the Kitchen Next Door (Glendale) to a whiskey-potent cocktail from Work & Class to big bowl of fleshy mussels bobbing in a saffron-smooched broth.
After a decade away -- eight in New York running the student travel company, Walking Tree Travel, that he'd founded with two fellow East High alums, then another two running the company from on the road -- Paul Laurie returned to Denver last September. While he continues to serve as the director of ... More >>
The folks at Estately.com have assembled a list of U.S. cities with the most douchebags using a highly unusual metric. They counted up the number of dudes who listed Facebook "interests" in ten douchey categories: Nickelback, Monster Energy, Axe, Don Ed Hardy, Vin Diesel, Chris Brown, Tosh.0, Mixed ... More >>
I used to care about waiting a few months to review a new dispensary -- but I've since changed my mind. If a shop is going to open up its doors to the general public, then it shouldn't matter when I visit. The kinks in the shop might need more time to be ironed out, but the kinks in the grow room w ... More >>
Yesterday, I bumped into a local chef slurping oysters at a restaurant that sells thousands of them every month, and the platter of briny bivalves sitting in front of him, he gushed, where magnificent. In fact, he went on to say that all the oysters he'd seen over the past few weeks were "incredible ... More >>
"We're always evolving, always finding ways to bring something new and different to the consumer," says Smashburger founder Tom Ryan, whose follow-up to that smash success, Live Basil Pizza, will open today in Glendale, making it the third Live Basil outpost to open in Denver -- and the fourth in th ... More >>
Fall begins on Sunday, so there's no time to waste: Get out and enjoy one of the town's great outdoor eating/drinking areas this weekend. We've been profiling some of our favorite patios this summer, extolling the joys of al fresco beers and sun on our shoulders. Now, in honor of the changing season ... More >>
This week, Gretchen Kurtz tested the "Colorado Bar-B-Que" at Tin Star Smokehouse in Golden, Lori Midson headed to the Walnut Room to toss pies with executive chef Jonah Munson, and Mark Antonation paired sandwiches from Baker's Palace Vietnamese with traditional brews from Wit's End Brewing. Keepin ... More >>
While City Set has elevated the restaurant scene in Glendale, the town just lost its oldest bar: Jack Casey's Four Mile House. The joint started life as a barn, back in the days when what's now Glendale was filled with dairy farms dedicated to quenching Denver's thirst for more wholesome beverages. ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Fantasy Island," tells of Glendale's quest to build a riverwalk along Cherry Creek full of restaurants, shops, theaters and bars serving booze in to-go cups. One of the project's biggest cheerleaders is Mayor Mike Dunafon, who is married to Shotgun Willie's owner Debbie Mat ... More >>
Her name is Flora, and she represents the "stereotypical, modern Cuban girl," says Kristy Socarras Bigelow, the owner of Cuba Cuba, Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Boulder and Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Glendale, which opens tomorrow in the City Set Project, joining Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Big Smoke B ... More >>
Eighteen mayors from around the country, including two from Colorado, passed a resolution Monday at the United States Conference of Mayors, urging the federal government to respect state rights when it comes to recreational and medical marijuana laws. The resolution, drafted by the advocacy group M ... More >>
The first Sam's No. 3, a popular diner frequented by everyone from politicians and pipsqueaks, opened in 1969 in Aurora. Decades later, owner Sam Armatas opened a second location in the heart of downtown, where poser Guy Fieri swaggered in to film a segment for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and last ... More >>
After a decade with Big Red F, Dave Query's burgeoning restaurant group, which includes Lola, three outposts of Jax Fish House (a fourth will open this spring in Glendale), Centro Latin Kitchen, West End Tavern, Zolo Grill and the Bitter Bar, chef and brewmaster Ian Clark, currently the chef at Jax ... More >>
'Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the town, there was a lot of medical herb being sold -- likely a few pounds. People were stocking up, patients like me -- to deal with our in-laws as stoned as can be.
Update: The Denver Police Department has released mug shots of Dexter Lewis, Joseph Hill and Lynell Hill, the three men suspected of killing five people at Fero's Bar & Grill early Wednesday morning and then setting the business on fire. We're also getting a closer look at the victims -- a group fr ... More >>
Prime Element is hitting the road this week, bringing its classic Colorado hip-hop style to the rest of the country. This Friday, the group joins Sweatshop Union for several dates as it kicks off its summer tour in Boise, Idaho, and then throughout the rest of the summer, beginning with the upcoming ... More >>
Welcome to Memory Lane Monday, our latest feature in which we fire up the Hot Tub Time Machine and spotlight a band from the bursting annals of bygone Denver music. This week: Lionize, a band we used to catch once upon a time when we were underage at Sonesta in Thornton. In the hedonistic he ... More >>
News that Sports Authority is hoping to relieve Invesco of the naming rights to the Broncos stadium -- thus making the stadium's name even more of a mouthful: Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- is likely to rile fans who think the name is ridiculous enough already. But Denver isn't alone ... More >>
Remember me? Though the decision is not set in stone, there was a community meeting last week regarding the possibility of a SuperTarget being put into the Tamarac Square mall on Hampden in Southeast Denver. After The Gap, one of the remaining draws for the shopping center, closed over a half ... More >>
Officially today, March 21st, is the first day of Spring. It certainly feels like Spring outside, although this is far from the first day it's been like this. Ah, the magic of Colorado. Regardless, if you're looking to breathe deeply while standing in a field or throw a frisbee to your dog or ... More >>
Lori Midson Pinkberry, the international fro-yo chainlet with a frenzied cult following, is opening its first Colorado store on Thursday, May 27 at 1000 South Colorado Boulevard, in the small mall anchored by Barnes and Noble. "Colorado is an exciting new market for Pinkberry, and a strategic ... More >>
King Soopers plans to join Safeway and Target in the Denver area by opening a large new store that will carry full-strength beer, wine and possibly spirits. The store, at 4600 Leetsdale Drive in Glendale, will be in a long-vacant Cub Foods, which King Soopers bought four years ago. Renovatio ... More >>
It's hard to imagine anything more meaty than BBQ. It is a cuisine based entirely on the flesh of the pig, the cow and, in some cases, the chicken. So it's no surprise that a BBQ joint owner might hang up on a sales rep trying to sell him vegan meat substitutes. That's certainly happened a l ... More >>
Anti I-70 expansion poster by EarthFirst! Activists with the radical environmentalist outfit EarthFirst! have apparently taken a hiatus from monkeywrenching logging trucks and boiling pine cones for sustenance during three-month tree-sits to run a campaign in urban Denver against the various propo ... More >>
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